Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pitino: Louisville must disrupt Davidson

   Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been busy studying the Davidson Wildcats in advance of their NCAA tournament game Thursday and, to hear him talk, he's impressed.

   Pitino said the Wildcats push the offensive tempo as consistently as any team the Cardinals have faced this season. Because Davidson has five players averaging in double figures, keeping the Wildcats off balance will be critical.

  "Anytime you play a team like that, you have to disrupt their passing ability," Pitino said. "It all starts with pressure on the basketball. If you allow them to pass the ball around, they're going to pick you apart...and certainly they have that ability."

   Pitino called the Southern Conference "a very underrated league.

  "We played Charleston early in the year who beat Davidson at home and we were life and death to beat Charleston at our place," Pitino said. "It's a very good league, very underrated."

-- Ron Green Jr.